ACLU: Denying Chelsea Manning Hormone Therapy May Violate Constitutional Rights
For example, the younger a patient starts hormones, typically the better they work, said Grace Kim, a District-based psychologist who has a number of transgender patients. Bowers added that many patients continue some form of hormone therapy after surgery. It is not known whether Manning, who has not started hormone therapy, will be allowed the medication while incarcerated. Manning was sentenced this week to 35 years in military prison for giving classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. JoAnne Keatley, the director of the Center of Excellence for Transgendered Health at the University of California at San Francisco, calls the medication very expensive. It can run about $400 a month for those without coverage or whose insurance wont cover it.
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(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Bradley Manning Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, after a hearing in his court martial. A U.S. military judge is expected to announce her sentencing decision Wednesday in Manning’s role in leaking classified material to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Bradley Manning Army Pfc. Bradley Manning wears handcuffs as he is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, Aug.
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Manning wants hormone therapy in prison. Will it happen?
VIDEO By Andy Towle Lauren McNamara ( aka Zinnia Jones ), an activist and friend and former defense witness for Chelsea Manning explains why hormone therapy is a medical necessity for trans people and why Chelsea ought to be treated in prison: “We sentence people to incarceration. We do not sentence them to untreated medical conditions. We don’t sentence them to untreated gender dysphoria just as we don’t sentence them to untreated kidney failure, untreated infections, or anything else of the sort. When the government takes on inmates and incarcerates them, it becomes responsible for their medical care.
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Why is Hormone Therapy a Medical Necessity for Chelsea Manning? — VIDEO
In May 2011, the Bureau of Prisons sent a memo to its wardens outlining a new policy that all inmates seeking hormone replacement therapy Receive a current individualized assessment and evaluation. Treatment options will not be precluded solely due to level of services received, or lack of services, prior to incarceration. Mannings prison sentence doesnt fall under this policy. Military prisons are part of the Defense Department, not the Bureau of Prisons. Outside of the prison system, private insurance plans have increasingly begun to cover these types of services.
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